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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . . Page.. 4892..


affordability and infrastructure—to come up with shared solutions. This work continues and we thank them for their partnership. I am pleased to be able to face the people of Canberra today on behalf of the Chief Minister at the midpoint of this term and report back to them on the promises that this government made two years ago.

Papers

Mr Corbell presented the following papers:

Subordinate legislation (including explanatory statements unless otherwise stated)

Legislation Act, pursuant to section 64—

Liquor Act—

Liquor (Fees) Determination 2010 (No. 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2010-273 (in (LR, 20 October 2010).

Liquor Regulation 2010—Subordinate Law SL2010-40 (LR, 20 October 2010).

Sport—ACT 4 GWS

Discussion of matter of public importance

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): Mr Speaker has received letters from Ms Bresnan, Mr Doszpot, Mrs Dunne, Mr Hanson, Mr Hargreaves, Ms Hunter, Ms Le Couteur, Ms Porter, Mr Seselja and Mr Smyth proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Mr Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Mr Doszpot be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of ACT4GWS.

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (3.24): Before I start my speech on this matter of public interest, I have to declare that as shadow minister for sport I was proud to be one of the early members of ACT 4 GWS. My colleague Alistair Coe signed me up, and he has motivated most of our Liberal colleagues to join in—all of our Liberal colleagues in the Assembly. As I understand it, there are other members of the Assembly who have also joined this campaign to try and attract the new AFL Sydney-based franchise Greater Western Sydney to play some of their games in the ACT.

Apart from our Assembly members, there are close to 5,000 other Canberrans who have signed up as members to date. I believe that the actual numbers, as of this morning, are around the 4,900 mark, agonisingly close to the 5,000 target required. I would like to recognise members of the ACT 4 GWS team who are here with us this afternoon.

The campaign was the brainchild of former Magpies Belconnen legend Peter Taylor, also a prominent Canberra businessman. Peter attended the launch of GWS in August 2009 and became aware of the opportunity for Canberra, as GWS was interested in establishing a presence in Canberra and the region to align with the recruiting zones


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